Fellow Since 2001
Yayasan Tumbuh Mandiri Indonesia
This profile was prepared when Hidayat Palaloi was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2001.
The New Idea
Hidayat's organization has changed the standard practices for replanting Indonesia's fast disappearing mangroves, working with villagers to develop commercial cultivation of crabs and other marine species to generate additional income as part of village rehabilitation efforts. Hidayat and his organization have pioneered a model that combines the cultivation of mud-crabs with the conservation of mangrove forests along the coast and in integrated coastal ponds. He focuses on the communities and raises people's awareness and skills by fostering self-management. Through mapping and other exercises, program participants have also gained bargaining power to deal with local governments and investors who want to develop businesses directly on the shore, thus becoming an influential and integral part of coastal resource management.